Face the Wind

Why is it the bolder you face the wind, the harder it blows? Evil comes at you only when you become a threat, when you’re getting closer to the truth. Not much comfort in the battle, but at least you know you are doing something right.

We rise, we fall, God lifts us, yet we fall again. Jesus sent the disciples across the lake on a dark and stormy night. A strong wind was against them, the waters were rough, and they strained against the oars. About three or four miles out, they saw Jesus walking toward them on the water. They thought it was a ghost until Jesus said, “It is I, don’t be afraid.” As Jesus stepped into the boat, the winds died down. In John’s telling, they immediately reached where they were going.

Jesus saw they were struggling, and though He could have calmed the storm, He chose to join them in it. They were pulled out of peril, into calmer seas, and onto the shore. Consider Peter, who stepped out on the water, only to be consumed by fear and begin to drown. In desperation he cried, “Lord save me!” Jesus reached out and pulled him from the waves.

Jesus walking on water always gets top billing in this story and rightfully so, but there was more going on beneath the surface. The disciples were battling the waves and afraid of going down. Jesus met them where they were and saved them. Between Peter stepping out of the boat and Jesus pulling him back up, Peter refocused on Jesus. He had turned away yet humbled himself in failure and returned to Jesus.

Winds of life blow hardest in our weakness and fear takes over. Be encouraged in this:

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Cor 12:9-10

Face the wind, for you do not face it alone.

 

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